Rebuilding Ireland 2017 report reveals 80 vacant new homes in Louth

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Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Rebuilding Ireland 2017 report reveals 80 vacant new homes in Louth

Rebuilding Ireland 2017 report reveals 80 vacant new homes in Louth

The Rebuilding Ireland report for 2017 was released last week and among the data released in the report, is the statistic that there are 80 vacant new homes in the county.

It makes Louth among the counties with the highest ratio of vacant new homes in the country. With 80 vacant housing units and 45,448 households in Louth, it gives a vacant housing units per 1,000 households ratio of 1.76 - just Roscommon, Leitrim, Laois and Longford have higher ratios.

According to the report, 11 developments were surveyed in Louth in 2017. Five of these developments have been removed from the Unfinished Housing Developments database as they are “substantially and/or are fully active”.

There remains 6 unfinished housing developments in Louth – this is a reduction of 45.5% on 2016.

The report says that further work is being done to establish vacancy levels for all housing in the country – not just unfinished developments. It says that local authorities are “currently preparing Vacant Homes Action Plans and identifying Empty Homes Officers”, in order complete the task.

It says that local authorities are being tasked to establish, “where empty homes are located, who owns these vacant properties, and then to prioritise and target those areas where housing demand is most acute.”

It also states that local authorities will continue to identify and acquire homes throughout each county in order to build up their stock of public housing.